B.M. in Music - Winds, Strings and Percussion Concentration

This is a screened program. Please see the admission requirements for additional information.

Music Major Requirements

Students completing the Bachelor of Music degree in Music must earn a total of 83-86 units in the major. They must complete the required courses in Music (39 units) and one of the following concentrations: Composition (44 units), Guitar (44 units), Jazz/Commercial Music (Performance or Composition) (44 units), Keyboard (44 units), Voice (47 units), or Winds/Strings/Percussion (44 units). Music majors must complete minimum 24 upper-level (300-400) units in MUSC (Music), Music Applied (MUSA), and/or Music Education (MUED) courses toward the major at Towson University. 

Required Courses for All Concentrations in Music
MUSC 131MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP I2
MUSC 132MUSIC THEORY II2
MUSC 134MUSICIANSHIP II2
MUSC 201MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES3
or MUSC 202 MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD
MUSC 231MUSIC THEORY III2
MUSC 233MUSICIANSHIP III2
MUSC 232MUSIC THEORY IV2
MUSC 234MUSICIANSHIP IV2
MUSC 287CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY3
MUSC 303HISTORY OF MUSIC IN THE EUROPEAN CLASSICAL TRADITION3
MUSA xxxApplied lessons in the primary medium16
Total Units39

Winds, Strings & Percussion Concentration Requirements

Additional Music Courses
MUSA 190PIANO CLASS I1
MUSA 194FUNCTIONAL ACCOMPANIMENT TECHNIQUES2
MUSC 221INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING2
MUSC 331MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES, AND PRACTICES OF 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY MUSIC3
MUSC 335CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGING3
or MUSC 427 JAZZ ARRANGING I
MUSC 443INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY1
MUSC 401ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY3
Select one of the following 400-level music history and culture courses 3
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
SURVEY OF OPERA
SYMPHONIC LITERATURE
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
JAZZ HISTORY
MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY AND CULTURE
Electives
MUSC xxxUpper-division MUSC electives 16
MUSA or MUSC xxxMusic Electives2
Ensembles and Recital
MUSA xxxEnsembles: All performance majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their eight terms of coursework. Eight terms in Symphonic Band or Orchestra; eight terms of any instrumental ensemble, one term of which must include World Music Ensemble unless the student has completed a 3-unit global perspectives in music (MUSC) course.16
MUSA 399JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE1
MUSA 499SENIOR RECITAL FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE1
Total Units44
1

MUSC 493 may be taken for a maximum of 3 elective units only by successful petition to the department chair. 

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA 1901MUSA 1942
MUSA 261 or 2621MUSA 261 or 2621
MUSA 1xx: Applied Lessons in Performance Area2MUSA 1xx: Applied Lessons in Performance Area2
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1
MUSC 1312MUSC 1322
Core 1 (or Core 2)3MUSC 1342
Core 53Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 63Core 33
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA 261 or 2621MUSA 261 or 2621
MUSA 2xx: Applied Lessons in Performance Area2MUSA 2xx: Applied Lessons in Performance Area2
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1
MUSC 201 (Core 11)3MUSC 2322
Or
MUSC 2342
MUSC 202 (Core 12)
MUSC 3033
MUSC 2212Core 74
MUSC 2312 
MUSC 2332 
MUSC 2873 
 16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area2MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area2
MUSA 461 or 4621MUSA 3991
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1MUSA 461 or 4621
MUSC 3313MUSA: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1
MUSC 3353MUSC xxx (400-level Music History/Culture Course)3
MUSC 4013Core 133
MUSC 4431Elective (300-or 400-level Upper Division MUSC)3
Elective (MUSA or MUSC)2 
 16 14
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA 461 or 4621MUSA 461 or 4621
MUSA 4xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area2MUSA 4991
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1MUSA 4xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area2
Core 93MUSA xxx: Ensemble (other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra)1
Core 103Core 83-4
Elective (300-or 400-level Upper Division MUSC)3Core 11 or 123
Elective3Core 143
 16 14-15
Total Units 123-124